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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/04/2021.

Lead Bioinformatician

Job Reference: 425-A-21-50219

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

In response to NHS England’s recent Strategy and Service Specification for the future of Genomics services in England, Newcastle Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children’s Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have formed the North East and Yorkshire Genomics Laboratory Hub; an exciting collaboration to provide services for Genomics across Yorkshire and Humber and the North. The combined size of our geography makes this the largest collaboration in the country with the Trusts offering a range of both general and specialist hospital services with excellent clinical outcomes for patients. We have an international reputation for excellence in specialist care, research and academic training.

Following successful recruitment to our executive team, we are now looking to recruit the following post based at either Sheffield, Leeds or Newcastle (candidate choice) with some travel across the GLH geography:

  • Lead Bioinformatician Band 8a

The post will work as part of the GLH laboratory team and, leading the team of Clinical Bioinformaticians across the three GLH sites, ensure that NE&Y GLH is at the forefront of National Genomic Testing Service.

This will include:

  • To provide highly specialised bioinformatics expertise to support the diagnostic platforms being used within NE&Y GLH. This will include managing the development and implementation of methods of data handling, analysis and interpretation of data that will ultimately have a direct impact on patient care.
  • To be lead bioinformatician, providing leadership to the NE&Y GLH bioinformatics team across the different GLH sites.
  • To lead, plan activities and develop the bioinformatics capability of NE&Y GLH and, working with others, to contribute to the overall informatics strategy.
  • To provide education to support, technical, scientific and medical staff.
  • Undertake research and innovation activity.

The post provides the opportunity to join a collaboration at the forefront of transforming and shaping genomics services for the future. If you like what you have read and would like to join us on our exciting journey, then we would welcome your interest and application. For a confidential discussion please contact 

37.5 hours per week.





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The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If a DBS check is required for the post you are applying for any offer of employment will be provisional on a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

In line with other NHS Organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region a successful candidate appointed into a post within this Trust will be required to pay the DBS check fee (£45). This is customarily payable over 4 months as a salary deduction once employed by the Trust. If you receive a conditional offer letter, complete your DBS application and later withdraw from the recruitment process, an invoice will be raised via the Trust's finance department to recoup the outlay.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in accordance with the Equal Opportunities policy is committed to treating all individuals equally irrespective of age, race, social background, gender, sexual preference, colour, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, marital status, religion or trade union membership.

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancies earlier than originally stated, if sufficient applications are received.

Please note that Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust do not reimburse any incurred interview expenses.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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